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April 24 2008

Nikki Finke reports Nathan Fillion cast in pilot. "ABC DRAMAS -- Castle (ABC TV Studios/Beacon TV) -- Pluses seen are Andrew Marlowe writing and producing, and Rob Bowman directing, and Desperate Housewives alum Nathan Fillion set for lead." Desperate Housewives alum? Pshaw! Dr. Horrible alum!!

And then scroll down.

Dollhouse (20th Century Fox TV)
-- "It's Joss Whedon..."

That's cool! Another potential yummy for the fall! Did you notice how it's all classified as "drama", though?

I'd like to get my mitts on some new comedies, personally. However 2 1/2 Men would probably stomp the waters in that area.

Please don't show them at the same time!
OK, so I scrolled down and also saw "Cleveland," and immediately thought "Hellmouth." Been hanging around here a few years too long, I think.
it's all classified as "drama"

Don't worry, Dollhouse will defy classification! (It's Joss, after all.)
Congrats to Nathan! He deserves a leading role in a show!

Anybody knows what’s it about? Except for it being an X-Files rip-off... Which is funny, because there’s also yet another X-Files clone going into production right now, i.e. J. J. Abrams' "Fringe".
I dug up some more info:

TITLE: Castle (presentation)
STUDIO: ABC Studios/ Beacon
PRODUCTION TEAM: Andrew Marlowe (w), Armyan Bernstein, Laurie Zaks, Rob Bowman (d)
SYNOPSIS: A horror novelist is consulting for the NYPD homicide department.

(credit: http://reporter.blogs.com/pilotseason/pilot-orders-abc.html)

[ edited by nelilly on 2008-04-24 21:38 ]
Per comingson.net, it's about "a horror novelist who consults for the NYPD". Sounds like there may be one or two lighthearted moments in the series.
I sense a bias towards J.J. Abrams in this piece. Which I'll have to settle for, since they seems to support Joss also. ABC Pilot reports refer to it as:

TITLE: Castle (presentation)
STUDIO: ABC Studios/ Beacon
PRODUCTION TEAM: Andrew Marlowe (w), Armyan Bernstein, Laurie Zaks, Rob Bowman (d)
SYNOPSIS: A horror novelist is consulting for the NYPD homicide department.


I think I've acutally heard something about this a while back. Isn't the horror novelist consulting the NYPD because the serial killer is killing his victims like it's portrayed in the novelist's books? Maybe I'm thinking of a movie preview. Not sure.

Anyway, to compare this to Fringe:

TITLE: Fringe (series commitment)
STUDIO: Warner Bros. TV/Bad Robot
TEAM: J.J. Abrams, Roberto Orci (w), Alex Kurtzman (w), Alex Graves (d), Jeff Pinkler
SYNOPSIS: Young, tough FBI agent is forced to confront the spread of unexplained phenomena and work with a XX scientist and his son
CAST: Anna Torv, John Noble, Joshua Jackson


I think they're slightly different, with Fringe being more of a knock-off of X-Files than Castle. How dare they confuse such things!
Geez, two people beat me while I'm perfecting the links. Humph!
So Nathan Fillion is playing Stephen King? That's just awesome.
Pluses seen are Andrew Marlowe writing......

I had to imdb this guy, only to find out he wrote not only Hollow Man, but Hollow Man 2!!! ...meh
'Hollow Man' touched on the ideas 'The Invisible Man' looked at to begin with and seemed like it might actually be pretty decent (then it went all stalk and slash and lost it's way IMO but that might not have been Mr Marlowe's fault). Not seen the second one (though the rest of his credits don't exactly fill me with warm fuzzies either).

So Nathan Fillion is playing Stephen King? That's just awesome.

'Castle' has to be a play on the main guy's name, surely ? So we have King[of the]/Castle and "Castle Rock, Maine" (one of King's principle fictional towns) as possible connections (as well as the horror novelist thing I mean ;).

Good to hear Nathan has a gig (assuming it's true) but what does this mean for the pilot he wrote that seemed to have been "kinda picked up", is that dead in the water ?

(and OT but boy I hope 'Fringe' is utterly different in tone or what not because otherwise it seems like a pretty blatant X-Files rip-off)
I couldn't be happier for him! But I'm still hoping for Repo Bros., also. Can we clone Nathan?
So Nathan Fillion is playing Stephen King? That's just awesome.


It reminds me to the fact, in my most recent Fantasy casting (that I occasionally update with a couple of friends) for "Bag of Bones", had Nathan as Mike Noonan, which would awesome if that book ever became live action either through tv or the big screen.

Not that it has anything to do with the main topic, which is Nathan got lead in a new pilot, yay.

Am I the only one kinda depressed, for not seeing Mutant Enemy along the mention of Dollhouse.... I miss the grr argg monster....
Maybe the monster forgot he was supposed to say "grrr argh" and has now assumed the role of flipping veggie burgers at the Doublemeat Palace.
Good for Nathan, but is Stephen King actually involved in this at all?

Because I loved his column's take on 'Veronica Mars', and hope his appreciation of that show could lead to the whole bunch of the noir-with-humor thing happening in 'Castle.'

Ohh, and not to be selfish, but if Nathan's shooting a new pilot, will he still be at the Hub Firefly con in Australia next month? (I already have grave fears that Amy Acker will miss the Buffy/Angel-Pallooza one.)
Hey missb, I had exactly the same (sadly 100% selfish) thought. I'm crossing all fingers and toes that he can still make it DownUnder. Same goes for Amy, of course.
Stephen King consults with the NYPD homicide department? Funny he's never mentioned that. ;)
Why have I not heard about this before? I DEMAND AN EXPLANATION
I'm so happy for Nathan! Can't wait to see him on TV again.
Thank all the godesses and gods, Nathan has a gig other than the deplorable Desperate Housewives. And a lead, and it sounds interesting.
Yay Natham, now please exit that other show as rapidly as contract obligations permit.
I know Desperate Housewives may not agree with everyone, Shey, but you must admit that being on that show has given the general non-Whedon public a chance to see his talents and may offer him support outside of our Whedon bubble.

Mainstream media usually attracts the mainstream audience.
"It reminds me to the fact, in my most recent Fantasy casting (that I occasionally update with a couple of friends) for "Bag of Bones", had Nathan as Mike Noonan, which would awesome if that book ever became live action either through tv or the big screen.

Did you know that the guy who wrote Nathan's Movie "White Noise 2" (Matte Venne) is acutally writing the screen play for the movie based on Bag of Bones?

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